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O'Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

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David O'Leary and Nick Walker have been working together since 2000, and in recent years the partnership has taken another step forwards in evolution. This is quite a full-blooded pinot noir that shows lots of ripe, fleshy fruits in the plum and cherry spectrum, along with some deep smells of almost pepper spice and toastiness. The palate is verging on fuller-bodied, but manages to just hold on to a bit of elegance, with dense spiced plum flavours, hints of deli meats, some fine and solid tannins, and some tightness to the long finish. It's a generous mouthful of pinot that should kick on for another few years yet.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Vibrant, ruby red

Nose: Lifted cherry, spice with subtle French oak

Palate: The palate is elegant and juicy with rich plum, cherry and long fine tannins. The French oak is integrated giving balance and texture to this youthful wine

Food: Fantastic with quail and duck

Cellaring: 5 to 6 years

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O'Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Open-fermented, hand-plunged, extended maceration, new French oak. Right now isn't open for business; forest, bramble, stem and oak are in an Indian arm wrestle with the underlying fruit that seems less ripe than the alcohol would suggest. Worth the punt on a few years in the cellar at this price.
Drink by 2020
90
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The pinot was planted in 1990, and has the best, albeit oldest clone, the MV6. Good hue and depth; a surprise packet with great depth and complexity. There is impeccable varietal expression courtesy of its black cherry, plum, spice and oak suite of aromas and flavours; it has excellent balance, its best years are to come.
To 2020
95
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
This is the kind of wine that turns white wine fanatics to the dark side. Its bright crimson hue and enticing flavours of redskins and raspberries have them begging for more, while a dried herb overtone and fine tannin structure keep the seasoned drinkers happy. From a single estate vineyard at Oakbank, made like proper pinot, by hand, in French oak barrels.
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
88
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Plenty of presence and character; predominantly dark plum and dark cherry flavours; depth without over-extraction.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
These guys were two of the top young winemakets at Mildara Blass (later Beringer Blass, then Foster's, then...?). Since they teamed up in 2001, we have seen a procession of fabulous wines emerge from their Clare Valley winery and none more fab than this terrific pinot. The nose gives a real sense of anticipation and the palate is all dark berry, spice, tobacco leaf. Ripe and juicy with a long, lingering finish. One of ustralia's best-value pinots, hands down.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
93
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
O'Leary Walker is a name to remember when looking for excellent quality at excellent prices. Riesling and shiraz are usually their stars; this is their best pinot noir yet. I've seen this discounted to S16. 2006 RELEASE This is one of the best value pinot noirs of the year. It tastes of strawberry, sour cherries, raspberries and bright, fleshy plums - the punch and carry of it super impressive for the price. The oak input is toasty and appropriate, and it keeps your interest right to the bottom of the bottle -which appears far too fast. DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Strong colour; a powerful, complex bouquet; black cherry, plum and a touch of game (good); long palate, deserves time; very different from the'04.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
My wife decided this year that O'Leary Walker was to become our house wine. We would drink their rieslings and sauvignon blanc in spring and summer, their pinot noir in autumn and their cab sav and shiraz throughout winter. I'm serious, she wanted to drink nothing else. Only problem is, I know O'Leary and Walker and there's no way I want them over at my place all year! Silky, seductive pinot noirÑthe very antithesis of its makers.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2007 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fragrant spice, cherry and strawberry; light-bodied but long; elegant.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Lots of character and power; rich, full, spicy fruit, verging on plum pudding. For robust game dishes.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; the core of plum fruit on the bouquet has earthy, savoury, foresty overtones which are convincingly varietal. The palate has good mouthfeel, intensity and length to the savoury plum fruit. Stylish.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90

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